These battles can last for five minutes, instead of the three minute long Turf Wars. The battle can be shorter or longer depending on the outcome of the game. It features several modes and is accessible once a player hits Level 10. The modes included in this category require a higher level of strategy compared to Regular Battle, and wins and losses are counted toward players' ranks which are used for matchmaking.
Ranked Battle was released when a large amount of Splatoon players reached Level 10 on June 1, 2015. Ranks originally ranged from 'C-' to 'A+'. On August 5, 2015, version 2.0.0 increased the rank cap. Ranks then ranged from 'C-' to 'S+'.
Ranked Battles were available at launch with Splatoon 2, though players still must obtain Level 10 to play. All modes were kept from the previous games, with minor improvements made. Along with the 2.1.0 update on December 13, 2017, a new mode called Clam Blitz was added. A new rank, Rank X, was added in late April 2018 with the 3.0.0 update.
List of ranked modes
|Mode||Description||Release date (UTC)||Games|
|Plays similarly to the King of the Hill mode from other video games. It revolves around a central "zone" or "zones", which players must attempt to cover in ink. Whoever retains the zone for a certain amount of time wins.||June 1, 2015|
|An Inkling must take control of a tower located in the center of a map and ride it towards the enemy base. The first team to get the tower to their enemy's base wins.||July 1, 2015|
|A player must grab and take the Rainmaker weapon to a pedestal near the enemy team's spawn point. The team who carries the Rainmaker furthest towards their respective pedestal wins.||August 15, 2015|
|Players pick up clams scattered around the stage and bring them to the goal.||December 13, 2017|
Stages will rotate out every four hours along with the stages from Turf War, at 02:00, 06:00, 10:00, 14:00, 18:00, and 22:00 UTC. The change in stages are accompanied by an announcement from the Squid Sisters. This announcement will also boot all players out of the lobby after they finish their current match. The mode will also rotate between Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker at the same time.
Similar to Splatoon. Splatoon 2 features stage rotation every 2 hours. Again similar to the first game, Off the Hook will give an announcement when the stages/mode change. Players can also view the stage schedule from their smart device using SplatNet 2 on the Nintendo Switch Online App. However, since version 3.0.0, the stages choosen each come from a list of 8 stages per Ranked Battle mode that change every month with the X-Power reset.
|Timespan||Splat Zones||Tower Control||Rainmaker||Clam Blitz|
|April 25, 2018 - May 31, 2018|
|June 1, 2018 - Current|
- Main article: Music
|Album Art||Song Name||Fictional Band|
|Ika Jamaica (Dubble Bath)||Bob Dub|
|Ink or Sink|
|Now or Never!|
|Shellfie(NA/EU/OC)/Friend List(JP)||Chirpy Chips|
|Split and Splat(NA/EU/OC)/Quick Start(JP)|
Unlike in Regular Battles, the music in a Ranked Battle does not change when there is one minute left.
- Originally, rank could go up by 20 points at a time. This can be seen in an image released before Splatoon was finalized.
- Once a player's rank changes after a match, a message saying "RANK CHANGED! Re-enter the lobby to pit your skills against players closer to you on rank!" will appear, and the player will be forced to exit.
Judd declaring a knockout win for a Ranked Battle. (Click to animate)
An early screenshot of receiving Battle Points after a Ranked Battle, showing the original higher reward.
Splat Zones at Moray Towers.
Rainmaker at The Reef.
Tower Control Starfish Mainstage.
Video of a rank meter being cracked for the fourth time.
Names in other languages
|French||Match pro||Pro Match|
|Italian||Partita pro||Pro Match|
|Spanish||Combate competitivo||Competitive Combat|